Monday, May 27, 2013

Remembering Our {Adoption} Adventure - part 6

For the next few weeks, I will be blogging about our adoption journey to Uganda & beyond!  The Lord took us on a sweet adventure to become a family of 3.  We were in Uganda adopting Walker for about 3 weeks.  There were ups & downs.  Highs & lows.  Joys & triumphs.

My husband & I chronicled our adventures on a private Facebook group we created to keep friends & family up to date on all the latest happenings.

This is a re-cap & remembering of our journey ONE YEAR ago!!!!


Pic snapped with some of the older kids at the orphange.
May 24, 2012
Ok, so my little rebellious sinner went to bed tonight right away. Whew! Praise the Lord!!! I/we think his issue {last night} was with having to wear a diaper to bed. His 2nd night with us, he wet the bed, & so, since our luggage hadn't arrived yet, we had to go buy diapers (or dipes as JJ calls them.) UG doesn't have pull-ups, so we had to buy regular baby diapers. Tonight he told us NO to the dipe, but stepped in the pull-ups (we had these packed in our luggage) just fine. I pray the boy never figures out that these are diapers! Today we had a few more obedience issues, but I think that is normal & to be expected – especially with the language barrier. WJ does fine with us when we are at the guest house & one-on-one with him. He responds well & obeys well; even w/ the language barrier. However, when we go out & about he seems to get overstimulated & becomes hard to control. He doesn't listen well, won’t make eye contact, & emotionally pulls away from us. I have to remember that he’s only ever been in a very controlled environment, & that all these new sights, sounds, & people must be extremely overwhelming to him. I think his behavior is normal & expected, but it leaves me feeling a bit scared & powerless & distant b/c I can’t “reach” him. Scott is very good with WJ & with me, so I think we’ll make it just fine. All my other adoptive mommas tell me this is normal, & that once we get home we’ll really be able to focus & work with him & to expect him to improve & grow lots & lots. I am thankful for God’s timing. I am reading the book “Give Them Grace” by Elyse Fitzpatrick, & it is an absolutely wonderful Christian parenting book. So thankful that I am reading this now.  It has been so helpful with where we are right now.

Apparently, WJ doesn't really care for meat all that much. He is eating a lot, a lot, a lot of rice & chapatti. I have been surprised that he seems to know when he’s had enough to eat; he will tell us if he’s full even if there is still food on his plate. Since he was literally starving to death when he was brought to the baby’s home & has been institutionalized for several years now, I wondered how he might react to a “free for all” with food. He’s done so well, & I’m very relieved! As for Scott & me, we are trying some of the African dishes. We love chapatti, beans, rice, & g-nut sauce (a boiled peanut sauce.) We also love Krest Bitter Lemon drink & Novida Pineapple – both carbonated beverages not available in the states. WJ gives a big thumbs up to Fanta Orange & Mirinda Fruity.

Our luggage has arrived, & it is glorious! Around January, we were told that WJ was a size 4T. Thinking we would be leaving in early March, we went ahead & bought several things as a 4T. When our time table got bumped out to May/June, I began fearing that the 4T things wouldn’t fit him. We packed both 4T & 5 for him. As I suspected, little bit is little. His 4T stuff is too big for him. This makes me happy b/c he’ll be able to fit in the jon jons I bought for him; 4T is the biggest size for jon jons.. This is my last opportunity to make him look like a baby boy, so I’m gonna go for it. ;)

WJ continues to have a smile that just warms your heart. He also is bumping up his fake laughing abilities; it is hilarious! He is catching on to saying please & thank you, & will even say w/o being prompted sometimes. He’s not always thrilled about cuddling, but I think that’s just being a 5 yr. old boy. Yesterday, he ran his toy Jeep over my foot, & he hopped up & hugged me & said, “Solly, Mommy, I solly! I solly!” It was precious!!

We are off to the safari tomorrow. Looking forward to it!

ps – We will be watching Fox & the Hound tomorrow on our drive to the safari place………. thanks Kyla for confirming that WJ would like this one. I will try to get him to watch Beauty & the Beast when we get home. It’s my favorite!

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